Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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Can a noun be supported by 2 prepositions?

See this sentence: Partner A will have a contract with our company with following missions:... It can be written into two separate sentences: Partner A will have a contract with our ...
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What's the right preposition to use with the verb “enroll”?

The dictionary says that one enrolls in a university, but today I heard a person saying "The student enrolled at the school." Is it right? Can I use both the prepositions "in" and "at"?
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Is “available for the world” OK? [duplicate]

I've just put a new web page live, and now one of my sentences is bugging me. The sentence in question is: It was developed internally and made available for the world. The part that I'm not ...
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Is one of them wrong? “Working at a new job” vs. “Working in a new job” [duplicate]

Can "at" and "in" be used interchangeably without worry or is one of them specifically wrong especially in the case of: Working at a new job vs. Working in a new job? and Living in a new apartment ...
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“for + noun phrase” vs “of + noun phrase”

presumptive (adj) 1.1 Law Giving grounds for the inference of a fact or of the appropriate interpretation of the law. Would someone please explain why of precedes the second noun phrase (the ...
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Which preposition to use in “lack of knowledge __ the manager”

The preposition by is faulty in this sentence but I don't know which preposition I have to replace it with. The inaccurate planning is caused by the lack or insufficient presence of relevant ...
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“as to + verb” vs “to + verb”

Are there any differences between these two forms? Example: "It has been done so as + to make it easier for academics and other judges to refer to a particular passage in a judicial ...
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Use “of” or “for” with Institute, Department, Office…?

When should which be used and what's the difference? Department of XYZ or Department for XYZ Institute of ABC or Institute for ABC Federal Office of... or Federal Office for... Is there any sort ...
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'Off of' versus 'from' [duplicate]

Is 'off of' ever a valid substitution for 'from'? For example, 'It's that guy off of Friends.' Would it ever be acceptable to use this construction in formal written English? I live in the ...
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Should the preposition 'by' be used before all the gerunds if there are more than one? [duplicate]

Is this grammatically and syntactically correct? … by a) studying and b) helping – or should it be: … a) by studying and b) by helping
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What's the grammatical object of “at” in “at 2-0 down”?

At 2-0 down with ten minutes left, you have to go for broke. This is a structure at odds with what most learners know. Prepositions take nominals as objects, but here, what's the supposed object ...
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Clauses ending with prepositions [duplicate]

I often hear the rule, "Don't end a sentence with a preposition." As long as we ignore the prepositions in phrasal verbs, it makes sense that an object should follow a preposition. By the same logic, ...
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“before/after that” as a preposition

In some older English texts I have stumbled on phrases where the word "that" is used as part of a preposition. Here are some examples from the KJV Bible: Deuteronomy 9:4 Speak not thou in thine ...
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Optional 'of' in various phrases, especially with 'much/much of'

Yes, I know there is a related question here. But that doesn't answer my question. For each of the following phrases, are they correct? If not, why not? What is the OF doing? What part of speech ...
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To climb (in) the rankings?

When competing in a contest, is your goal: To climb the rankings or To climb in the rankings ?
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Is it “restricted to” or “restricted from”? [closed]

I came across this sentence: The power to rule was restricted to ministers, and it was restricted from king. What is the difference between "restricted to" and "restricted from" here?
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Which preposition is used with tolerance in this sentence?

I want to use the word tolerance in the context of infectious diseases. This sentence: The immune response will mediate either clearance or tolerance preposition infections. In other words, ...
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Usage of “Between” [closed]

Mr. Rao will meet the candidates who cleared the test between 9.00 AM ____ 3:00 PM. What is more appropriate here? to/and/till/upto? Also can you brief upon the usage of "between"?
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“On/over the phone” [closed]

Which version is correct? As discussed with you over the phone. As discussed with you on the phone.
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Preposition with 'line' when quoting from a text (prose or poetry) with numbered lines? [duplicate]

When referring to a line or lines in/from (?) a text with numbered lines, is it "the idea expressed in line 25 is such and such"; "in line 25, the word 'lisp' is a clear indication that…" or "the ...
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“is to” or “is how to”?

Is it better to say "is to" or "is how to"? For example: A challenging problem is to analyse the runtime effects. or should it be: A challenging problem is how to analyse the runtime ...
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What does “as” represent for in “Cantor quits as Majority leader” and “Cantor to resign as Majority leader”?

Today’s New York Times reported Eric Canter’s defeat in Primary election in Virginia under the headline: “Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority leader” followed by the text copy: “Representative ...
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Calculation by, by means of, through, from

Which of the following sentences regarding the calculation of something should be preferred? The calculation of the result by this equation... The calculation of the result by means of this ...
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“solve with” vs “solve for”

I would like to get a clarification whether I do understand and use those two phrases correctly or not. The context is solving a mathematical problem. solved with sth - means a problem is tackled ...
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“Due to” vs. ”Because of” [duplicate]

I would please like to know which of the following sentences is the more accurate, and why that is so: Due to recent economic problems, it has been difficult for many to find a job. Because of ...
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Is “At which address should I come?” correct?

The sentence is, At which address should I come? Which preposition should be used? Can I use "on"?
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Schedule in the next week

Which one is correct? I'd like to schedule a meeting with you [in/for/no preposition] the next week.
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Why would you call “before” a preposition when it precedes a clause?

I'm new here & don't know all the etiquette & ins & outs, but I have a question about something posted in another thread. Modern grammar, however, recognises that prepositions can take ...
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Use of the word Refrained

'The experience of negative emotions in the flow of life can never be stopped, only refrained!' Is this sentence grammatically wrong since the preposition 'from' does not follow the word refrained?
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When should you use “to” following a “why”?

I've always wondered why some people add a to after Why when framing a question. I have always wished to know this, but I keep forgetting to ask and today I came across a tweet that made me post this ...
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“nervous about” and “nervous of”

While going over the correct prepositions to use with adjectives, I came across a situation I can't define. I'm using a Longman dictionary and a Cambridge grammar, but neither defines the difference ...
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Is a movie played in a theater or at a theater?

Do we say a movie is being played in a theater or at a theater?
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Beer is made ___ yeast, water, hops, and malted barley

Which is the correct answer to fill in the gap in "Beer is made ____ yeast, water, hops and malted barley"? of from with out of I am leaning toward '2'. "Made from" can be used to describe a ...
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“Sleep through a single night” vs. “sleep a single night”

For the next two weeks he did not sleep through a single night. Can we recast the sentence as follows? For the next two weeks he did not sleep a single night. That is, is the use of through ...
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“In here” or only “here” [closed]

I would use here with no preposition, like I wish you are here. They are coming here. However talking to a well-educated British woman I noted she would put an in before here. Since then I only ...
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Replacing “to” and other prepositions [closed]

One of the requirements of my English final includes removing all prepositions from a previously written essay. I'm having trouble getting rid of prepositions like "to", "in", "of", and other common ...
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What evidence is there that 'to' belongs to any particular part of speech? [closed]

What part of speech is to as in: I need to know. To err is human, to forgive divine. What am I to do? This question is not really about the difference in meaning between the examples. It is a ...
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Which preposition follows curiosity? [closed]

Which preposition follows the word curiosity? Ex. To explore their curiosity (for/about/with) science?
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conceived of as vs. conceived as

When I want to write that some something has been "taken to mean" or "understood" or "interpreted as" XYZ, I sometimes use the phrase "to conceive of something as XYZ, where XYZ usually is a longer ...
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Is “and with” grammatical in this sentence?

We have registered nurses working on site with a nutritional background to provide weight loss advice to clients and with at least a 2 year working experience. Is the part in bold grammatical?
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Use of preposition 'to'

I hope to understand the use of the preposition to gerunds and the overall structure of the following sentence. Normally the use of to is to specify a destination or a purpose but here the way it is ...
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Is the opposite of 'within', 'without'? [duplicate]

Typically without is used to mean not having something. E.g. He went to work without his pants on. However, I'm wondering if it can be used for outside the bounds of. We do this with within. ...
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“In the mid of 1990s” Is it grammatically correct?

What is the correct way to write the following phrase? In the mid of 1990s What are the (writing) variants of that expression? (I just want to know, to diversify my writing.) Thank you.
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“Due to” vs. “owing to” [duplicate]

Is there any difference between due to and owing to? Are there some specific situations when owing to is to be used rather than due to?
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Use of 'in which …' to modify a noun

Consider the sentence Why did the Egyptians not develop sculpture in which the body turned and twisted through space like classical Greek statuary? Could someone please explain the use of "in ...
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Stay up-to-date “with” or “on”?

Suppose I want to say Stay up-to-date with/on technology news Do I use with or on?
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What’s the difference between “in” and “at” when used before a Location/Site/Country/County etc

We always were told that you could use the word in before a place which is a large space e.g. country/city etc. Whereas, before a smaller site or place you should use at. But actually I don’t know ...
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Can 'on' be used in a temporal setting?

I usually replace upon with on because it sounds less pompous. Is it correct to do so when the meaning is temporal? Consider Languages change (up)on contacting others. Should I replace upon with ...
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“Internship at” or “Internship in”?

Which one is correct in what case? I have found someone suggesting that you use "at" for organizations and "in" for fields or disciplines, e.g., I've got an internship at NATO, and he's got an ...
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Using prepositions and conjunctions in a sentence

Which one of the following example sentences are correct/more appropriate? It is better to laugh than cry. It is better to laugh than to cry. Some general tips would be helpful.